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Depression Health Center

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  1. Former NFLers at Risk for Brain, Mood Problems

    Jan. 7, 2013 -- Problems in thinking skills and depression may be more common in former National Football League players compared with other people as they age, according to a new study. The research suggests the problems may be linked with a history of concussions. "It's clear that concussions can

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  2. Depression in Elderly May Predict Dementia

    Dec. 31, 2012 -- Depression is common among older people who go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, leading to widespread speculation that it may be one possible cause for age-related dementias. Now, a new study suggests that rather than being a cause of memory decline, depression in older people may

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  3. Debate Over Antidepressants in Pregnancy Ongoing

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- The debate over the safety of antidepressants during pregnancy has been going on for a long time, and a new review may keep the debate alive a while longer. The research review finds little evidence that the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants benefits pregnant women and

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  4. High-Dose Generic Wellbutrin XL Withdrawn

    Oct. 5, 2012 -- The FDA has withdrawn its approval of Teva Pharmaceutical's Budeprion XL 300-mg tablets, a generic version of GSK's Wellbutrin XL extended-relief antidepressant. The FDA action comes five years after patients complained of headaches and returning depression after switching from brand

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  5. What's Stopping You From Seeing a Doctor About Depression?

    Are you struggling with depression? Are you getting treatment for it? If not, you’re not alone. About two-thirds of people with major depression never seek appropriate treatment, and the consequences can be devastating: personal suffering, missed work, broken marriages, health problems and, in the w

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  6. Pets for Depression and Health

    Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might. "Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA. Studies show that animals ca

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  7. Exercise May Fight Depression in Heart Failure

    July 31, 2012 -- Exercise helps people with heart failure feel a bit better, physically and emotionally, a new study shows. It may also lower a person's risk of dying or winding up in the hospital. Up to 40% of people with heart failure grapple with depression. The combination often leads to poor he

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  8. Brain Changes Seen in Postpartum Depression

    July 18, 2012 -- New research points to specific brain changes seen in moms with postpartum depression. Researchers used sophisticated brain imaging scans to show that levels of a brain chemical called glutamate are higher in the brain's prefrontal cortex among women with postpartum depression compa

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  9. Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Depression

    June 27, 2012 -- Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to a host of illnesses and conditions, from heart disease and diabetes to certain types of cancer. Now a small study of three women suggests that vitamin D deficiency and depression may travel together, and that filling up the "vitamin D tank" ma

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  10. Depression Treatment by Phone

    June 5, 2012 -- People suffering major depression are more likely to get psychotherapy if it's offered by phone, Northwestern University researchers find. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for depression. Patient surveys show most would prefer psychotherapy to antidepressant drugs. Yet only a

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